There is a lot of buzz these days about allowing yourself to be vulnerable and how that leads to being an authentic self-expression as an individual. Much of what has been written focuses on women and that is an area of great interest to me. It is useful to unpack vulnerability and how that leads to a more genuinely expressed woman.
As women we have traditionally kept a happy or positive outlook on events in our lives not showing the deeper feelings going on beneath the surface. Vulnerability is often misconstrued with weakness, which it is not. To be vulnerable is to be exposed. Exposure in and of itself is not a comfortable place to be in. It is my belief that the exposure is precisely where women need to be to grow beyond their current comfort zones.
- Being Vulnerable Leads to Being Visible
Personally when I am show up in my business, at business events, with my clients, and generally in life when things are less than ideal I am being vulnerable. That vulnerability makes me more approachable. Suddenly I am less barracuda like and more approachable. I become visible for the skills and abilities I have. The result is that I am approached more frequently to offer my services. My visibility has increased dramatically as a result.
- Vulnerability Leads to Authenticity
In the past I have taken on clients where I was not in alignment with the product or service being offered. Those assignments were often fraught with difficulty. The results were mixed and I was not at my best. It became clear to me that working within those constraints was inauthentic for me. Being vulnerable has enhanced my authenticity in that I now accept those assignments where I am aligned with the overall purpose and methods by which the business is conducted.
- Vulnerability Leads To Enhanced Engagement
When working with clients and presenting authentically the level of engagement increases dramatically. The buy in from stakeholders is greater. Cooperation is heightened. Employee morale improves. The project is completed with a sense of purpose and pride.
To develop the aspect of being vulnerable and therefore “Unstoppable” I recommend women attend “The Power of an Unstoppable Woman” seminar in Saskatoon, SK. Sunday March 12/17. Follow this link for registration https://www.picatic.com/event14830449865746
Marie-Helene Sakowski, Business Consultant SME’s, firstname.lastname@example.org